rubbers for men


I worked as a Customer Service Manager at Wal-Mart in New Hampshire for about a year. This required me to wear a bright red vest and stand at a podium in the front center of the store, so people thought I was an information booth. One day an old man who looked a lot like Mr. Rogers approached me. He looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Where can I get rubbers for men?”

I was twenty years old and instantly embarrassed. I composed myself and answered with a quiet voice, “Um…I think they’re in the pharmacy.”

He looked at me with horror in his eyes and exclaimed, “NOT THAT KIND OF RUBBER! They’re for your feet.”

Apparently “rubbers” is a local word for rain boots. This moment was beyond awkward for both of us, and the awkwardness reappeared every time this man came back to my small town Wal-Mart.

Micah the Admin

9 responses to “rubbers for men”

  1. I would have thought that was what he meant too. Rubbers for men does not bring to mind rain boots. Now if he’d just said rubbers…

  2. Rubbers (for men AND women) are actually black rubber overshoes. I remember these from my childhood in the 60s. Why anyone would still choose to wear them is a great mystery.

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